Verging on Extra-vagance by James A. Boon
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Verging on Extra-vagance
By James A. Boon

Verging on Extra-vagance

Anthropology, History, Religion, Literature, Arts...Showbiz

By (author) See other recent books by James A. Boon
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $106.00
Your Price: $95.40 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $10.60! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $4.77 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply



Verging on Extra-vagance by James A. Boon

Book Description

In this book, James Boon ranges through history and around the globe in a series of provocative reflections on the limitations, attractions, and ambiguities of cultural interpretation. The book reflects the unusual keyword of its title, extra-vagance, a term Thoreau used to refer to thought that skirts traditional boundaries. Boon follows Thoreau's lead by broaching subjects as diverse as Balinese ritual, Montaigne, Chaucer, Tarzan, Perry Mason, opera, and the ideas of Jacques Derrida, Ruth Benedict, Kenneth Burke, and Mary Douglas. He makes creative and often playful leaps among eclectic texts and rituals that do not hold single, fixed meanings, but numerous, changing, and exceedingly specific ones. Boon opens by exploring links between ritual and reading, focusing on commentaries about the seclusion of menstruating women in Native American culture, trance dances in Bali, and circumcision (or lack of it) in contrasting religions. He considers the ironies of "first-person ethnography" by telling stories from his own fieldwork, reflecting on ethnological museums, and making seriocomic connections between Mark Twain and Marcel Mauss. In expansive discussions that touch on Manhattan and Sri Lanka, the Louvre and the "World of Coca-Cola" museum, willfully obscure academic theory and shamelessly commercial show business, Boon underlines the inadequacies of simple ideologies and pat generalizations. The book is a profound and eloquent exploration of cultural comparison by one of America's most original and innovative anthropologists.

Buy Verging on Extra-vagance book by James A. Boon from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780691016313
ISBN-10: 0691016313
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 29-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...


Books By Author James A. Boon

Affinities and Extremes by James A. Boon Affinities and Extremes, Paperback (March 1990)

Examining representations of Balinese culture in complex contexts of Indonesia's colonial history, Hindu ritual practice as opposed to Islam, and comparative Indo-European hierarchies, Boon offers a powerful critique of doctrinal approaches to culture, religion, literature, politics, and the history of ideas and disciplines.

Other Tribes, Other Scribes by James A. Boon Other Tribes, Other Scribes, Paperback (April 1983)

In this book, James A. Boon investigates the history, dialectics and practice of the symbolic analysis of cultural diversity.

Anthropological Romance of Bali 1597-1972 by James A. Boon Anthropological Romance of Bali 1597-1972, Paperback (November 1977)

This book is the first thorough study of Balinese social and cultural dynamics.

» View all books by James A. Boon

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Verging on Extra-vagance book by James A. Boon and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by James A. Boon close
Affinities and Extremes by James A. Boon
Other Tribes, Other Scribes by James A. Boon
Anthropological Romance of Bali 1597-1972 by James A. Boon
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close